Charlottetown - Hills and Harbours of the King's Byway
5 to 7 hours
We will travel the King's Byway Scenic Drive as it meanders through the southeastern corner of Canada's "Garden of the Gulf." While small in size, Prince Edward Island is Canada's largest producer of table stock potatoes and ships seed potatoes to more than twenty countries around the world. Today you will see some of the more than 100,000 acres of land under cultivation as well as the hills, harbours and fishing villages of the region.
Panmure Island Provincial Park: Stroll along one of the Island's finest white sand beaches and view sand dunes that rise up to six metres in height.
Murray River: The orderly rows of buoys in the sheltered bays and inlets mark the spots where lines of Island Blue cultured mussels are growing fat and tasty in the clear water. Watch for herons standing "stock still" in the shallow areas and hawks hovering in the sky above.
Rossignol Estate Winery: This family-owned vineyard produces a variety of premium fruit wines. Enjoy wine tasting and a panoramic view of the Northumberland Strait.
Charlottetown: The return trip takes us along the Northumberland Strait. Protected by the land masses of both Prince Edward Island and the mainland, this shore boasts the warmest saltwater bathing north of the Carolinas. A quick overview of Charlottetown will introduce you to Canada's smallest provincial capital. Named for Charlotte, the consort of King George III, this historic city is proud of its British flavour and historic reputation as the "Birthplace of Canada."
There are cool winds and gravel paths on this tour. Please dress with this in mind.